A High Note

Erica Ferguson’s parents like to say she was born singing. “When I cried, my cries sounded like songs,” said Erica, 17. Perhaps the Rockville resident was already rehearsing for her future career as an opera singer. On Aug. 2, she made her Baltimore debut in an original opera, “Ava and Alex,” a production written, performed… Read More

Teen’s Twirling Skills Net ‘Amazing Experience’

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Brooke Goldberg, an energetic and ambitious 17-year-old from Arnold, Md., competed in Almere, The Netherlands in August at the World Baton Twirling Federation’s Seventh International Cup. Aspiring athletes came from 15 countries to vie for top honors. Brooke finished 10th in the artistic A senior division and ninth in the solo A senior division. Besides… Read More

Shirley Howard Leaves Legacy of Advocacy

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Although Shirley Howard passed away on Aug. 14, she will not soon be forgotten. The Baltimore native and longtime Pikesville resident is credited with helping children’s cancer treatment make major strides forward in her lifetime. Howard, who was at 88 at the time of her death, almost singlehandedly raised more than $30 million for treatment… Read More

Lesser Charges in Pikesville Shooting Dropped

Some charges against a Baltimore woman who is accused of harassing and attacking a young Pikesville couple were dropped in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Aug. 28. Stephanie Kamlot has two other cases pending against her in roughly two years of incidents. She is alleged to have placed razor blades under Pikesville resident Leah Efron’s… Read More

Shirley Howard Leaves Legacy Of Advocacy

Although Shirley Howard passed away on Aug. 14, she will not soon be forgotten. The Baltimore native and longtime Pikesville resident is credited with helping children’s cancer treatment make major strides forward in her lifetime. Howard, who was at 88 at the time of her death, almost singlehandedly raised more than $30 million for treatment… Read More

Why Don’t Jews Like To Pray?

For many American Jews, Hebrew prayers are challenging to follow.

According to the Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 18a), the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the 10 days of penitence, is the time period when God is considered to be both “found” and “close.” And it’s not uncommon for Jews to feel during the month of Elul and then the High Holiday period an itch… Read More

A Passion For Caring

Joe DeMattos is passionate about 
his work and his active life in Jewish Baltimore.
Photo by Justin Tsucalas

When Joe DeMattos came to Maryland, his plan was to “finish what he came for” and then return to Hawaii. Now, more than a decade later, DeMattos is still here, married to a Baltimorean and the proud father of two boys DeMattos, 53, is president of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM), the largest… Read More

True To Their Words

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Elise Saltzberg is a fourth-generation Secular Jew with a capital S. “A secular Jew with a small s is often translated to mean unaffiliated and uninvolved,” explained Saltzberg, 56, of Pikesville, a founding member of the Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah, a Secular Humanistic congregation founded by Rabbi Judith Seid about 15 years ago. “Growing up,… Read More

Rosh Hashanah In The Park

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Temple Isaiah in Fulton is moving its popular Rosh Hashanah family service outdoors this year to Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Last year, the Howard County congregation’s afternoon open-to-the-public family service at the temple drew close to 200 people. Now, the congregation is trying its hand at what’s called “Public Space Judaism.” “It’s really meant… Read More

Speak Easy

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It’s a daunting process, but it’s one that Beth Israel Congregation Rabbi Jay R. Goldstein inevitably faces every year. With the High Holidays right around the corner, Rabbi Goldstein, usually in the days leading up to Labor Day weekend, will park himself at his desk, spread out all of the various materials — in the… Read More